Show that f'(a) = g(a) ?

1. May 6, 2012

jkristia

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Problem:
1C-2 Let f(x) = (x - a)g(x). Use the definition of the derivative to calculate that f'(a) = g(a), assuming that g is continuous

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I just started a self study of calculus using Khan and MIT OpenCourse. I am bit stuck, or maybe confused, with this exercise from MIT 18.01

The definition for the derivative is
$\frac{Δy}{Δx}$=$\frac{f(x)-f(a)}{x-a}$

I can replace f(x) with (x-a)g(x), but I don't know what to do with f(a). In the given solution f(a) somehow becomes 0, but I can't see how.

The given solution:

Any help is much appreciated.

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2. May 6, 2012

LCKurtz

f(a) = (a-a)g(a) = 0.

3. May 7, 2012

jkristia

ah - of course. Thank you very much